We should be talking about fertility and what happens when pregnancies go wrong…
I’m a bit late with this article, but it was brought to my attention after reading this blog post by Mrs H’s Favourite Things. Its a fantastic read – I suggest you have a read of what she has to say…
The original article from The Scottish Herald addresses whether miscarriage should be a part of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) in schools. Recently, there have been increasing calls for sex and relationship education teaching to include some of the other aspects of sexual activity such as sexually transmitted infections, fertility problems and miscarriage.
The idea is that this would help to get conversations sooner and hopefully lift the taboo that still surrounds infertility, miscarriage and baby loss. Young people may then be better informed on how to access the right support should they experience this themselves. The proposal has also been supported by the Miscarriage Association.
I obviously think that this would be a good idea, to benefit young people and help them to develop an understanding of miscarriage should it ever occur to them or a friend/loved one. Miscarriage after all, does not only happen to older women, and I have seen many young people go through it and feel quite alone…
It does need to be delivered by someone who is well informed on the subject and feels able to talk about miscarriage (and other fertility issues) sensitively, but openly so that the taboo is really being lifted. There needs to be a fine balance between providing accurate information and not inducing fear and upset in the young pupils. The age at which this topic is to be discussed will be the key to its success. Also, a thought needs to be given to the staff members (I am not sure who teaches SRE in schools, is it the teachers or do they get trained people in externally?) teaching as this may trigger some of their own emotions.
However, overall this idea totally has my support and I hope that over the next few years infertility, miscarriage and baby loss will all be discussed appropriately within the SRE curriculum.